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Choose one of the iconic speeches from the attached list and write a paper analyzing its use of the five canons of rhetoric – invention, arrangement, style, memory and delivery - which we discussed in class. A copy of the Powerpoint used to discuss the canons is available on Blackboard under Course Content, Powerpoints.
Use the canons to organize the body of the paper. Start off with a paragraph introducing the speech and the speaker, explore each canon in its own paragraph and then conclude the paper. You must use at least 3 sources for this assignment. More is fine, less is not. The speech itself – in any format, like print and video – is one source. You need at least two others, like a newspaper article, book or other source that addresses the speech in some way. Cite your sources using MLA style, both within the paper and at the end on a Works Cited page. (See the MCC library home page for an MLA guide).
Your goal is not to tell me what was in the speech – so and so said this - but to analyze how what is in the speech is, or is not, an example of the use of the 5 canons of rhetoric. For example, MLK used the extemporaneous delivery technique in his “I Have a Dream” speech. This was appropriate because he was able to maintain some eye contact with the large audience and make use of hand gestures. Certainly, you may quote the speech, but only to use that quote as an example of the use of one of the canons.
Type up your analysis in 3-5 pages, double-spaced. At the top of your first page list your name, the name of the speaker and the title of the speech. A cover page is not necessary. This assignment is due on the day given by the professor during class. You must submit it on Blackboard and turn in a hard copy in class. No handwritten or late assignments will be accepted.
You must get a draft of your paper seen by a tutor at the Academic Support Center (ASC) and turn in a signed form confirming your visit. ASC tutors will not proofread your paper only nor will they sign the required form without reading your paper! See the Tutoring Form on Blackboard for more details. The confirmation of the tutoring session needs to be turned in with the hard copy of the paper.
This assignment is worth 200 points, 150 points for the paper and 50 for the tutoring session. If you do not complete the tutoring session you forfeit 50 points of the paper’s grade.
Below is the list of speeches from which you may choose for this assignment.
Below is the list of speeches from which you may choose for this assignment. You may only use one of the speeches listed here for this paper: